Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) – Take advantage of this considerable savings if offered through your employer. Check with your human resource department to inquire when open enrollment begins for your FLEX or Cafeteria Plan and find out if your account has any restrictions regarding using funds for copays. With this plan, pre-tax dollars are deducted each pay period to cover an elective procedure of your choice; in this case, LASIK or Laser Cataract Surgery. First, you should confirm your candidacy before you designate the funds. Prior to planning your FSA contribution for the year, schedule your LASIK Evaluation or Cataract Evaluation with Dr. Del Negro or Dr. Senft to see if you are a candidate for either of these elective procedures. Flex Spending funds can also be used for eyewear and contact lenses.
It’s the last installment of our Celebrity Eye Facts series!
Heterochromia Iridis (TWO DIFFERENT COLORED IRISES). If just part of an iris is different to the remainder of the eye, this is known as partial or sectoral heterochromia. When heterochromia is present at or shortly after birth is usually hereditary or due to intrauterine disease or injury. Congenital heterochromia may be familial and is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait. Inherited eye color is determined by multiple genes. Environmental or acquired factors can alter these inherited traits.
It may surprise you to learn what female celebrities have different types of heterochromia. Celebrities with complete heterochromia include: Kate Bosworth actress, model and singer has one blue eye and one hazel eye. (The Horse Whisperer 1998, Blue Crush 2002, Life Happens 2011, Big Sur 2013). Jane Seymour actress and painter and designer of Open Hearts jewelry line at Kay Jewelers has one brown and one green eye (Live and Let Die 1973, Somewhere In Time 1980, East of Eden 1981, Onassis: The Richest Man in the World 1988, Wedding Crashers 2005, and the American television series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman 1993–1998). Actress Mila Kunis has one green eye and one brown eye (Gia 1998, Family Guy 1999, That ’70s Show 1998-2006, Black Swan 2010, Friends with Benefits 2011, American Psycho 2 2002, Ted 2012). Alice Eve, actress, has a green left eye and a much darker right eye that appears to be almost brown (Starter for 10 2006, She’s Out of My League 2010, Men in Black 3 2012, Star Trek Into Darkness 2013). Her left eye is green and her right eye is much darker, almost brown. Dan Aykroyd, actor, comedian, screenwriter, singer and creator of the highly successful Blues Brothers has one brown and one green eye (Ghost Busters 1984, Saturday Night Live 1975-1979, The Blues Brothers 2000 1998, Trading Places 1983, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984, Driving Miss Daisy 1989, Grosse Pointe Blank 1997, Conehead 1993, Dragnet 1987, Twilight Zone: The Movie 1983, My Girl 1991, The Campaign 2012). Demi Moore, actress, filmmaker, former songwriter, and model has one green and one hazel eye (soap opera General Hospital 1981, Blame It on Rio 1984, St. Elmo’s Fire 1985, About Last Night… 1986, Ghost 1990, A Few Good Men 1992, Indecent Proposal 1993, Disclosure 1994, Striptease 1996, and G.I. Jane 1997).
The following three celebrities have the same combination of one blue and one green eye. Josh Henderson, actor, model, and singer best known for his role as John Ross Ewing III in the TNT revival of Dallas 2012–present. Actor, film producer, and film director, Kiefer Sutherland, is best known for his portrayal of Jack Bauer on the Fox series 24. Michael Flatley, American Irish dancer, choreographer, actor, musician, and occasional television presenter, is internationally known for Irish dance shows Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Feet of Flames, and Celtic Tiger. In fall 2007, Flatley and a troupe of male dancers performed on Dancing with the Stars in the U.S. In 2008, he appeared as a guest judge on an episode of the show, filling in for Len Goodman. Also in 2008, he performed the solo, “Capone,” from Celtic Tiger on the show.
Max Scherzer, probably has the most obvious eye color combination of the group listed: one very blue eye and one dark brown eye. He is a professional baseball pitcher with the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball and also played for the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 2013, he won the American League Cy Young Award.
Celebrites who have partial/sectoral heterochromia include: Christopher Walkin, actor, screenwriter, and director who has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows (Annie Hall 1977, The Deer Hunter 1978, Pulp Fiction 1994, True Romance 1993, The Dead Zone 1983, Sleepy Hollow 1999, America’s Sweethearts 2001, Jersey Boys 2014). Elizabeth Berkley, television, film and theatre actress whose right eye is half green and half brown, and her left eye is all green (Saved by the Bell 1989-1993, Showgirls 1995, The First Wives Club 1996, Any Given Sunday 1999, Dancing with the Stars 2013, Melissa & Joey 2014). Henry Cavill, British actor whose eyes are blue with a brown bit at the top of his left eye (The Count of Monte Cristo 2002, Immortals 2011, The Cold Light of Day 2012, Man of Steel 2013). Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Irish actor whose left eye partial hazel/blue, right eye blue (Telling Lies in America 1997, The Maker 1997, The Magnificent Ambersons 2002, Bend it like Beckham 2002, The Lion in the Winter 2003, Alexander 2004, Elvis 2005, The Tudors 2007-2010, Dracula 2013-2014). Jessica Cauffiel, actress and singer left eye partial brown/green, right eye green (Legally Blonde 2001, Legally Blonde 2 2003, White Chicks 2004). Virginia Madsen, Left eye is part brown and part green and right eye is all green actress and documentary film producer (Gotham 1988, Third Degree Burn 1989, Heart of Dixie 1989, The Hot Spot 1990, The Prophecy 1995, The Haunting 1999, Sideways 2004). These unique traits simply add to their allure.
It’s Part II of our Celebrity Eye Facts series!
MACULAR DEGENERATION (AMD) is a deterioration or breakdown of the macula and is one of the most common causes of poor vision after age 60. The visual symptoms of AMD involve the loss of central vision (reading, recognizing faces, etc.), while peripheral vision is unaffected.
Film and stage actress, Judi Dench, (Four in the Morning 1965, Golden Eye 1995, Die Another Day 2002, Skyfall 2012, Philomena 2014) has been battling macular degeneration for years. She prefers that her scripts are read to her. In true optimistic style she explained to the Hollywood Reporter that dealing with the condition is difficult but she chooses not to dwell on the things she can no longer do. Comedic actor, Don Knotts, also lived with this disease (The Andy Griffith Show 1960, Three’s Company 1977-1984, Cannonball Run II 1984, Pleasantville 1998, Chicken Little 2005, Air Buddies 2006). Bob Hope, comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, author, and athlete who starred in countless movies and TV shows also managed to continue his career while battling this condition. He made it a point to give back and entertain the troops with his USO shows spanning 1941-1991. A consummate performer, he worked into his early 90s and his last appearance was in 1994 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Normandy D Day. Dolores, his wife, accompanied him to England and they both performed. He died in 2003 at the age of 100.
Canadian cross-country skier and biathlete, Brian McKeever, has earned 10 Paralympic medals in three Games, including seven gold. He has competed at every world championship since 2005 and won nine titles in addition to 21 World Cup wins. He was diagnosed at age 19 and has attained the height of his profession, looking up to fellow Olympian, Maria Runyan (U.S. long distance runner) who overcame the same condition to compete. Both athletes were able to work within the confimes of their condition to achieve greatness. Ernest Borgnine, film and television actor whose career spanned more than six decades. He was an unconventional lead in many films of the 1950s, (McHale’s Navy 1962-1966, The Dirty Dozen 1967, The Posseidon Adventure 1972, Red 2010, The Man Who Shook The Hand Of Vincente Fernandez 2012). Despite their declining vision, these five celebrities rose to the pinnacle of their respective professions.
When macular degeneration touches an individual it is certainly a blow, but when it effects an artist it is quite traumatic on many levels. The eyes are the windows through which an artist receives all their inspiration. As their vision continues to decline the artist finds themselves switching media to compensate for their compromised vision, as some formats are more forgiving than others. Case in point, Georgia O’ Keefe, one of the most famous painters in American art history, and was diagnosed with macular degeneration in 1972 at which time she stopped oil painting but continued working in pencil and charcoal until 1984. Images in her collection include abstractions, large-scale depictions of flowers, leaves, rocks, shells, bones and other natural forms, New York cityscapes and paintings of the unusual shapes and colors of architectural and landscape forms of northern New Mexico.
Like O’Keefe, Edgar Degas, went through the process of finding his niche as he continued to experience vision loss. Read this insightful excerpt from the site, Art, Vision, & the Disordered Eye:
“Degas a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings was also inflicted with macular degeneration. He is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict dancers. Degas’ visual decline began at age 36, shortly after enlisting in the National Guard. Degas found bright lights intolerable and was forced to work indoors in a controlled environment. The theatre was conducive to his glare problems, and his paintings of the ballet and the opera remain his most famous works. Degas never specifically described the impact of his vision on his art. As his eyes worsened, Degas changed media from oils to pastels, which are looser and easier to work with, dry slowly, and require less precision. Difficulties in color differentiation may have contributed to the bold coloration of Degas’ later works. A decline in contrast sensitivity and acuity is demonstrated in the progressively wider strokes evident in his later works. His condition also accounted for his move into sculpture, printmaking, and photography. While some of the changes in his work may be attributable to stylistic changes and personal development, his changing vision almost certainly played a role. It is possible that some of Degas’ greatness as an artist is attributable to his visual loss. Renoir, for example, said of Degas: ‘Had he died at 50, he would have been remembered as a good, competent artist, nothing more.’”
We tend to put celebrities up on a pedestal, but they are people just like us. They take vacations, go to the movies, shop for groceries, laugh out loud, and, yes, deal with the same issues we do – including eye health issues. One positive thing is that when a celebrity deals with something personal, it shines a light of awareness. These celebs have embraced the thing that makes them unique. In many cases their diagnosis cemented personal and professional success.
POOR VISION – Nerdly reports that Johnny Depp revealed in a Rolling Stone interview that he not only has blurry natural vision but is nearly blind in his left eye. It doesn’t stop there — he is nearsighted in his right eye. The result? According to the actor, he can only see a few inches in front of his face without his glasses. Other celebs like Depp struggled with poor vision, but opted for LASIK vision correction surgery include:
- Brad Pitt, actor, producer, humanitarian (Seven 1995, Fight Club 1999, Mr.& Mrs. Smith 2005, Moneyball 2011)
- Jessica Simpson, recording artist, actress, television personality, businesswoman, and fashion designer (Irresistible 2001, In This Skin 2003, Public Affair 2006, TV show Fashion Star with Elle Macpherson 2011, documentary series The Price of Beauty 2010)
- Kim Kardashian, social media and television personality, socialite, fashion designer, businesswoman, actress, and household name (Keeping Up With The Kardashians 2007-2014)
- Cindy Crawford, supermodel, actress, and entrepreneur (Cindy Crawford Furniture, Meaningful Beauty skin care line)
- Nicole Kidman, actress, singer, and producer (Dead Calm 1989, Malice 1993, Batman Forever 1995, To Die For 1995, Happy Feet 2006, Grace of Monaco 2014)
- Julianne Moore, actress and children’s author (Nine Months 1995, Boogie Nights 1997, The Kids Are All Right 2010, Carrie 2013, The Hunger Games 2014 )
- Reese Witherspoon, actress and producer (Cruel Intentions 1999, American Psycho 2000, Legally Blonde 2001, Walk the Line 2005, Water for Elephants 2011, This Means War 2012, The Good Lie 2014)
- Kristin Cavallari, actress, fashion designer, and TV personality (The Hills 2006-2010 and Dancing with the Stars 2011)
- Richard Branson, English businessman and investor, most well known for the Virgin Group which comprises more than 400 companies (He made several world record breaking attempts–His hot air balloon “Virgin Atlantic” crossed the Atlantic 1986).
STRABISMUS is a failure of the two eyes to maintain proper alignment and work together as a team. Each eye has six external muscles (called the extraocular muscles) that control eye position and movement. For normal binocular vision, the position, neurological control, and functioning of these muscles for both eyes must be coordinated perfectly. Read on to learn about a few more female celebrities with the same condition that you may or may not have noticed during their performances or photo ops.
- Actress and singer, Kristen Bell, has a lazy eye. Nerdly reported Bell is quite secure about the condition, having even named her lazy eye “Wonky,” and explains the problem is worse when fatigues sets in. Bell is best known for her roles in Veronica Mars 2004, Couples Retreat 2009, Frozen 2013, and House of Lies 2014.
- Melissa Joan Hart, actress, television director, and television producer (Clarissa Explains It All 1991-1994, Sabrina the Teenage Witch 1996-2003, Season 9 of Dancing with the Stars 2009, Melissa & Joey since 2010).
- Robin Tunnney actress (Empire Records 1995, The Craft 1996, End of Days 1999, Paparazzi 2004, The Zodiac 2006, The Mentalist 2008).
- Ashley Simpson, singer-songwriter, and actress (Pieces of Me 2004, Melrose Place 2009, Chicago 2009).
- Paris Hilton socialite, actress, and entertainer (The Simple Life 2003-2007, The Cat in the Hat 2003, Raising Helen 2004, The World According To Paris 2011).
Let’s now explore the realm of male celebrities — here is a sampling of six well-known, accomplished professionals with a diagnosis of strabismus.
- Forest Whitaker, actor, producer, and director (Fast Times at Rigemont High 1982, Platoon 1986, The Color of Money 1986, Good Morning Vietnam 1987, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samura 1999, The Butler 2013, Fruitvale Station 2013).
- Taylor Lautner actor, model, and martial artist (Cheaper By The Dozen 2 2005, Twilight 2008, The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 & 2 2009 & 2011).
- Topher Grace, actor, (That ‘70s Show 1998-2006, Spider-Man 3 2007, Predators 2010, The Calling 2014).
- Andy Garcia, actor, (The Godfather Part III 1990, When a Man Loves A Woman 1994, Dangerous Minds 1995, Stand and Deliver 1988, Ocean’s 11 2001, Ocean’s 12 2004, Ocean’s 13 2007).
- Hayden Christensen, actor and producer, (The Virgin Suicides 1999, Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones 2002, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 2005, Factory Girl 2006, Awake 2007, Jumper 2008).
- Talk show host and author, Andy Cohen, also lands in this group. Executive Producer of The Real Housewives franchise and hosts the network’s highly rated reunion specials. He also authored, Most Talkative: Stories from the Frontlines of Pop Culture published by St. Martins. Cohen is a regular on the Today Show and Morning Joe and has cohosted Live! with Kelly and Michael, The View, Anderson Live and the 10:00am hour of Today. He has also been a guest on Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
In honor of Cataract Awareness month, we would like to share what our patients are saying about their experience at Del Negro & Senft Eye Associates.
On Laser Custom Cataract Surgery:“I enjoy everything I do now that I don’t have to wear glasses. See clearly, enjoy movies, watch my nephews play sports, drive, and read.” -Carol Albunio
On Dr. Del Negro:“You can’t put a dollar value on your eyes, and because of that, I trust Dr. Del Negro with complete confidence – finally I can watch a movie and read the ending credits!” -Michele LoConte “Dr. Del Negro was very considerate in addressing my needs for improved vision. He explained the various Lens options available and was quite patient with my many questions. I felt confident that I would experience favorable results.” -John Miller
On Dr. Senft:“Dr. Senft answered all of my questions – he is outstanding, compassionate, and very skilled. He was very insightful and explained all steps throughout the surgery, so I was barely nervous.” -Carole Fox
“I never thought I would never wear glasses again. Dr. Senft gave me a gift.” -Janice Maggio
Yes, you read it correctly — an advanced technology contact lens that alerts diabetics if their blood glucose levels are too high or too low in real time via tiny LED flashing lights. Brilliant!
In January, Google unveiled the testing of its “smart contact” that could revolutionize how diabetics monitor their blood glucose levels. Miniaturized electronics, as small as little flecks of glitter, are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material to create a “smart lens” that can monitor blood glucose levels on a per second basis.
In the early stages of product development, co-founders Brian Otis and Babak Parviz took to social media to explain their future plan to get this technology out to the masses as well as the need for such a device: “We’re in discussions with the FDA, but there’s still a lot more work to do to turn this technology into a system that people can use. We’re not going to do this alone: we plan to look for partners who are experts in bringing products like this to market. These partners will use our technology for a smart contact lens and develop apps that would make the measurements available to the wearer and their doctor. We’ve always said that we’d seek out projects that seem a bit speculative or strange, and at a time when the International Diabetes Federation (PDF) is declaring that the world is ‘losing the battle’ against diabetes, we thought this project was worth a shot.”
It becomes increasingly important for diabetics to control blood sugar since we know that the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy increases over time. An adult who has had diabetes for 15 years or longer stands an 80% chance of experiencing damage to retinal blood vessels. Keeping blood sugar in check through this non-invasive monitoring system can make it easier to protect and/or maintain a patient’s current vision.
On July 15th Novartis announced that its eye care division, Alcon, will license Google’s “smart lens” technology: “We are looking forward to working with Google to bring together their advanced technology and our extensive knowledge of biology to meet unmet medical needs,” said Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez. “This is a key step for us to go beyond the confines of traditional disease management, starting with the eye.” We look forward to updates in the coming months as the “smart lens” prototype is refined by these two powerhouses.
Summer is finally here! Hot summer days beg for relief! Summer is all about cooling yourself off in the pool, relaxing in the hot tub, or navigating the ocean’s waves. No matter which form of relief you prefer, consider this if you wear contacts . . .
Water found in pools, hot tubs, oceans, bays, or rivers, may contain microorganisms that should not be combined with contact lens use. You could develop an infection or, even worse, temporary or permanent blindness. Read on to check out Jennie Hurst’s eye opening story of her painful struggle with acanthamoeba keratitis. She describes how an innocent dip in the pool while wearing her contact lenses left her with permanent vision loss in one eye.
The infection that plagued Ms. Hurst is the most aggressive bacteria a person can contract; however, this cautionary tale illustrates that you should adopt a proactive routine when it comes to your eye health. You can’t assume that the water you are frolicking in is free from microorganisms. Unfortunately, Ms. Hurst will not get a second chance to save her sight but her story could save yours.
Non-contact lens wearers can also develop acanthamoeba keratitis, but it is more prevalent in those who wear contacts. Symptoms associated with this condition include: redness in the affected eye, blurred vision, feeling of a foreign body in the eye, and light sensitivity. If you experience any of these symptoms after swimming (especially if you are a contact lens wearer) contact our office without delay.
Talk to Dr. Shah or Dr. Wiedeman as they are happy to discuss important techniques that you should adopt as part of your contact lens regimen to ensure optimal eye health this summer–when you are swimming or participating in watersports.
For those of you who are hung up on the thought, “I can’t live without my contacts at the pool,” our optical shop has flattering prescription sunglasses that will soften the blow. Peruse fabulous styles in our optical shop that will keep you looking fierce while enabling you to enjoy the summer and beyond. With modern frames to fit your lifestyle it’s easy to leave your contacts at home when heading off to your next swimming adventure.
Have you recently noticed a white ring around your iris while applying makeup or shaving, or maybe you observed it in someone’s eyes during a conversation? Did you think to yourself, “I wonder what that is, a sign of cataracts?”
Well, we are here to address your thoughts on this subject. First and foremost, Arcus Senilis (Corneal Arcus) has nothing to do with developing a cataract. It is a gray or white arc or circle visible around the outer part of the cornea and is typically present in older adults and doesn’t have a negative impact on vision or require treatment.
Some researchers in the medical community suggest that this arc could be associated with hypercholesterolemia. Arcus Senilis is commonly found in people over the age of 50, so if our doctors discover the arc in a younger adult during exam, the patient would be monitored to rule out any concern and recommended to visit their primary care doctor for follow-up.
According to the Mayo Clinic, eye problems caused by high cholesterol are uncommon — typically affecting only people who have severe cases of high cholesterol and high triglycerides passed down through families (familial hyperlipidemia). High cholesterol is more likely associated with a similar gray or white arc visible around the entire cornea (circumferential arcus) in younger adults. Treatment is generally aimed at controlling cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
If you have concerns about eye health and high cholesterol, schedule an appointment today at 732-774-5566.
Describing herself as a person who never wins anything, Theresa Bereheiko’s luck changed for the better this past weekend at 101.5’s Grapes & Grain Festival in Long Branch.
She visited Del Negro & Senft Eye Associates at the Grapes and Grain Festival on May 31st . We were on-hand throughout the event to answer all the festival-goers Laser Custom Cataract, LASIK, and routine eye care questions. In addition, DSEye held a raffle for a beautiful pair of designer FENDI sunglasses from our full-service optical shop.
At the end of the night, we selected one name at random: Theresa Bereheiko was the lucky winner! Del Negro & Senft Eye Associates was very glad to be a part of this fabulous event to jump-start the summer. May might not have brought the warmest weather, but things are certainly heating up now. Keep an eye on our blog and social media to stay up-to-date with all of our events. And join us at the next one. Who knows, you could be the next lucky winner…
In addition to grapes, whole grains are also a super food that should be incorporated into a healthy diet. Whole grains include wheat, corn, rice, oats, barley, quinoa, sorghum, spelt, rye and popcorn – when these foods are eaten in their “whole” form.
The medical evidence is clear. Whole grains reduce risks of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity. Few foods can offer such diverse benefits. People who eat whole grains regularly have a lower risk of obesity, as measured by their body mass index and waist-to-hip ratios. They also have lower cholesterol levels.
Because of the phytochemicals and antioxidants, people who eat three daily servings of whole grains have been shown to reduce their risk of heart disease by 25-36%, stroke by 37%, Type II diabetes by 21-27%, digestive system cancers by 21-43% and hormone-related cancers by 10-40%.
Sticking to a healthy diet can directly benefit your overall eye health. Better control of diabetes or high blood pressure through diet and exercise can keep conditions such as Diabetic Retinopathy at bay. Diabetes affects blood vessels throughout the body, particularly in the kidneys and the eyes. Diabetic retinopathy is the name we give to diabetes’ adverse effects on the blood vessels in the eye. In the United States, diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among adults.
Risk of developing diabetic retinopathy increases over time. An adult who has had diabetes for 15 years or longer stands an 80% chance of experiencing damage to retinal blood vessels.
The retina, the multiple layers of tissue located at the back of the eye, detects visual stimuli and transmits signals to the brain. When diabetes affects the ocular blood vessels, they may develop leaks or contribute to the formation of scar tissue. These problems reduce the retina’s ability to detect and transmit images.
There are two main types of diabetic retinopathy: background (BDR) and proliferative (PDR). Treatment is available for both types. If you’d like to learn more, contact us at 732-774-5566, or come out this weekend for our latest event. We will be at NJ 101.5’s Grapes & Grain Festival, May 31st in Long Branch from 4-8pm at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa.